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Discussion in 'Audio & Video' started by Jay-Hawks, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. Jan 9, 2009 at 9:14 AM
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    Jay-Hawks

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    Hello all....

    I just joined Tacoma World yesterday and just bought my new 09 Tacoma TRD 4X2 on Saturday and I really love it. Yesterday I had leather seats installed and they are sweet!!!

    While I like my truck now I have always been one of those guys who has to fiddle with the stereo and the stock system is pretty sad so I plan to make some upgrades. My last car was a 2003 Audi A4 Quattro and I removed a lot of the stereo from that car before trading it in so I have some equipment that I would like to use again if possible. Here is a list of the equipment I have:

    JL Audio 300/2 Amp (300 watts)
    Alpine MRP-M350 Amp (200 watts mono)
    JL Audio VR650-CSI (6 1/2 componet speakers)
    JL Audio 8W3v2 8" sub

    I had to give up the head unit so I need to replace that and I have been looking at the Alpine IVA-W205 but I think most of this stuff I would use again. The one concern I have is that my sub might be to deep to be able to mount in a cutom box behind the seat. I may end up replacing the sub but I honestly don't want to get into to big of a sub where my amp won't be able to do the job and I have to replace it too although I believe it will push 350 watts if I ran it at 2 ohms.

    Any thoughts about the Alpine head unit?

    Thanks....
     
  2. Jan 9, 2009 at 9:51 AM
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    Mr Marv

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    The Alpine would be a great choice if it has the features you desire/need and the rest of that system should be VERY nice as long as it is installed/tuned properly! :)
     
  3. Jan 9, 2009 at 9:56 AM
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    Mr Marv...

    When I had the 8" sub in my Audi I had it in a custom fiberglass ported enclosure so I would assume that I would want to build an enclosure with a port as well. Can you build me something like that along with an amp rack to mount next to it? If so what would something like that run?
     
  4. Jan 9, 2009 at 10:06 AM
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    Welcome to TW :D and good luck with your install.
     
  5. Jan 9, 2009 at 10:06 AM
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    I don't do fiberglass Jay but I can build you something nice for back there. Was there a specific reason you chose a ported enclosure?
     
  6. Jan 9, 2009 at 10:09 AM
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    No reason, I just had it built at a stereo shop and thats what they built, the encloure doesn't need to be fiberglass. Would that sub perform better in a sealed enclosure?
     
  7. Jan 9, 2009 at 10:15 AM
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  8. Jan 9, 2009 at 10:48 AM
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    Depends on your definition of "better" :). I personally prefer the 8W3v2 in a sealed enclosure however you will be the one listening to it! Is there anything about how it sounded in your previous system that you felt could be improved upon?

    BTW, I forgot to welcome you aboard! :)
     
  9. Jan 9, 2009 at 10:55 AM
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    I would have to say if anything I just wish it had a little more ump to it. In the Audi the enclosure was in the trunk where i will be in the cab this time so that might help a little. I was also thinking about buying the JL Audio 10W3v3-2 and run that at 2 ohms compared to my 8" running at 4 ohms. With the 2 ohm load my amp would generate 350 watts compared to 200 watts at 4 ohm which I think would make a HUGE difference. When it comes to base I like a tighter base.
     
  10. Jan 9, 2009 at 12:46 PM
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    Since you mentioned you would have liked more "ump" to it and you like tighter base I'd say a sealed enclosure would be best in your situation (you will receive a fair amount of "free bass" in the way of cabin gain with the sub inside the truck) Also. moving up to a 10 and nearly doubling the power will definitely make a huge difference. Is it possible for you to send me pictures of the rear area in your truck so I can see if there is any difference compared to the '08?
     
  11. Jan 9, 2009 at 12:46 PM
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  12. Jan 9, 2009 at 12:56 PM
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  14. Jan 9, 2009 at 6:14 PM
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    Welcome to TW and a great big
    Rock Chalk Jayhawks to you...pm sent.:D
     
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